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Winning poems for Poetry Object 2018 were screened online and in selected cinemas over the 2018-19 summer holidays.


A maze of tar splitting the page,
Like the imperfections of wrinkles under your eyes.

~ from ‘Mapping Love’ by Joe, First Place (Secondary), Poetry Object 2018

Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won! Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers (years 3-10) and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects.


Get Started

  1. Register your school for Poetry Object 2019
  2. Download our learning resources
  3. Write and edit your poems
  4. Submit to Poetry Object via the link sent in your registration confirmation email.
  5. Spread the word! Share this page with teachers and colleagues.


Key Dates

Submissions open: 15 April
Submissions close: Friday 27 September (5pm AEST)
Shortlist announced: October
Winners announced: November-December


About Poetry Object

Alongside the competition, we publish curriculum-aligned learning resources and commission professional poets to create new poems and deliver poetic learning workshops.

Since 2011, Poetry Object has encouraged creative literacy and community connection across Australasia. Each year we engage around 3000 students across 200 school communities, with publication outcomes across planes, trains, galleries and cinemas, and with inventive partners such as the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Art Gallery NSW, Rex (Regional Express Airlines) and more. We've published over 15,000 poems by teachers and students so far.

In 2019, Poetry Object is also encouraging teachers to engage with visual arts, science and humanities to create multimodal outcomes.


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Prizes & Judging

Poetry Object 2019 will be judged by award-winning poet and performer Emilie Zoey Baker. Prizes include flights, travel vouchers and books, with a total prize pool valued at over $10,000.


Book a workshop for 2019! Poetry Object workshops, facilitated by professional poets, encourage students and teachers to engage with poetry in meaningful ways.


Multimedia Installations

Extend on your ideas: use creative arts, music or STEM to create a gallery or exhibition piece inspired by your group's poetry! Inspiration and more information here.


Poems to Share II - Order your copy now!

A new resource featuring 40 poetic activity cards to spark imagination and creative writing. Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, this interactive resource is designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy. Created in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.


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